Innovation in Action: Strategy for Lithuania and the EU

Date - 21/11/2018
9:00 - 12:00

Innovation is as never before vital component of the European competitiveness in the global economy. Therefore, discussions on the most effective and future-proof Innovation policy are gaining momentum in the EU and its Member States’ agendas. Thanks to recent ambitious reforms of Lithuania’s innovation system and the changing culture favoring more risk-taking, visibility of Lithuania’s R&D and innovation is growing on the EU level and globally. This half-day event will be dedicated to taking a closer look at a number of outstanding showcases: from the perspective of a start-up and more established R&D-intensive enterprise to the local support system and global network. Lessons learned and remaining challenges for each of the segment will be highlighted and discussed with a prominent panel, strongly focusing on the perspectives for the EU’s future research and innovation policies.



November 21 (Wednesday) 2018 | 9.30 – 12.00 (welcome coffee from 9.00)



Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU (41-43 Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels)




09.00 – 9.30     Registration & Coffee

09.30 – 9.35  Welcome by Robertas Rosinas, Ambassador at Large – Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU

09.35 – 09.50   Overview of the Reform of Lithuania’s Innovation System

Gintaras Vilda, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

09.50 – 10.45 From Start-Up to Global Ecosystems. Showcases

Start-Ups. “Caszyme” (Monika Kavaliauskė, CEO)

Business incubators. “Kaunas Science and Technology Park” (Tomas Černevičius, Director of Operations)

SMEs. “Froceth” (Agnė Vaitkevičienė, CEO)

Global Clusters. “Laser-Go” (Linas Eriksonas, coordinator)

10.45 – 11.30 Panel Discussion

Gintaras Vilda (Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania)

Eugenijus Butkus (Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania)

Nicolas Sabatier (Adviser “Legal aspects of New Financial Instruments”, DG RTD)

Katja Reppel (Deputy Head of Smart&Sustainable Growth Unit, DG REGIO)

Alexandre Affre (Director of Industrial Affairs Department, BusinessEurope)

11.30 – 11.45 Take-Away Messages and Wrap-up

12.00 – 13.00 Light Lunch



Tadas Tumėnas, Head of Innovation Policy Division, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania


REGISTRATION (until November 19):

N.B. Please bring your ID in order to go through the security!



Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania (

Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union (

LINO – Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office in Brussels (



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